Uphaar fire tragedy: Supreme Court orders Gopal Ansal to serve 1-yr jail term, Sushil goes free; Neelam Krishnamoorthy says should have ‘shot these people’

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New Delhi | Updated: February 9, 2017 3:15:29 PM

Gopal Ansal has already served four months of the punishment while his brother Sushil Ansal had already undergone his jail sentence.

Uphaar cinema, Uphaar fire tragedy, Uphaar fire, Uphaar cinema fire, uphaar green park, uphaar, delhi fire, ansal brothers, sushil ansal, gopal ansal, delhi cinema fire, delhi newsSupreme Court orders Gopal Ansal to serve one year sentence. (Source: IE image)

In the latest developments on the Uphaar cinema matter, Supreme Court has ordered Gopal Ansal to serve one year sentence. However, he has already served four months of the punishment while his brother Sushil Ansal had already undergone his jail sentence.

Supreme court also declined the review petitions of Association of the Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) and CBI which didn’t go well with Neelam Krishnamoorthy who lost her two young children in the unfortunate incident in a fire at Uphaar, Delhi cinema. She was extremely disappointed with court’s decision and said that coming to court was her biggest mistake.

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Neelam said, “extremely disappointed,biggest mistake in my life was coming to court. Lost faith in judiciary.” She also mentioned that fact that rich enjoy all the powers in India which is sad to see. “Have been let down very badly,a futile exercise. Rich and powerful enjoy special powers. SC judgement shows rich have special rights and they can walk away by killing children by paying for trauma centre. We don’t give a damn about the trauma centre. I should’ve shot these people the day my children died,” Neelam added.

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Fifty-nine people were killed due to asphyxiation on June 13, 1997, halfway through the screening of Hindi film ‘Border’ when a fire engulfed Uphaar Cinema, situated in south Delhi’s Green Park area. Over 100 were injured in the fire and the ensuing stampede.

Real estate barons, Ansal brothers were given two year jail sentence by in 2007 but an year later the Delhi high Court reduced the jail time to just one year. Later in 2015, SC upheld their case because of the period they had already spent in the jail. Instead of sending the duo back to jail, they were asked to pay a fine of Rs. 30 crore each.

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